*Video 4 Bobcat Olfactory Investigation

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撮影場所:Santa Cruz, California, USA

Max Allen

種類:Lynx rufus
キーワード:Bobcat Lynx rufus olfactory investigation scent marking investigation

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An example of olfactory investigation by a bobcat. We considered olfactory investigation to be when a bobcat used its olfactory sense to investigate cues and signals, noted by the bobcats nose within 15 cm of a scrape or other cue.

Below is the abstract from the article containing this video:

Intraspecific communication by solitary felids is not well understood, but it is necessary for mate selection and to maintain social organization. We used motion-triggered video cameras to study the use of communication behaviors in bobcats (Lynx rufus), including scraping, urine spraying, and olfactory investigation. We found that olfactory investigation was more commonly used than any other behavior and that -contrary to previous research- scraping was not used more often than urine spraying. We also recorded the use of cryptic behaviors, including body rubbing, claw marking, flehmen response, and vocalizations. Visitation was most frequent during January, presumably at the peak of courtship and mating, and visitation become more nocturnal during winter and spring. Our results add to the current knowledge of bobcat communication behaviors, and suggest that further study could enhance our understanding of how communication is used to maintain social organization. Videos relating to the behaviors in this article are available at:http://www.momo-p.com/showdetail-e.php?movieid=momo141104bn01a, http://www.momo-p.com/showdetail-e.php?movieid=momo141104bn02a, http://www.momo-p.com/showdetail-e.php?movieid=momo141104lr01a, http://www. momo-p.com/showdetail-e.php?movieid=momo141104lr02a, http://www.momo-p.com/showdetail-e.php?movieid=momo141104lr03a and http://www.momo-p.com/showdetail-e.php?movieid=momo141104lr04a.

Maximilian L. Allen, Cody F. Wallace and Christopher C. Wilmers (in press)
Patterns in bobcat (Lynx rufus) scent marking and communication behaviors. J Ethol. DOI 10.1007/s10164-014-0418-0